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Hello! I'm a senior year college student studying Graphic Design, and wanting to pursue my passion for children's book illustration. (https://www.etsy.com/shop/bristleandnettles)
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Superstition - Process
For the superstition prompt I decided to go with the superstition that carrying an acorn will allow a person to stay young forever. I'm thinking of integrating it with a narrative of a witch who uses acorns to keep her youthful complexion, and a trio of children who discover her secret.
I'll continue to flesh this out and explore some more thumbnails. Also hoping to work on my inking, so I'm going to try to ink the whole thing and make it a black and white piece.
RE: Book Project for Children with Genetic Diseases
I love that idea! I've never designed an animal character before so now's a great time to try, and I think using an animal character would also make the book more inclusive. I'll pitch this to my partner and see if he can edit the text to fit a story with a character in it. In the meantime I'll get started on some character designs and more research. I agree that organizations founded by parents/people with the disease are great sources, and I'll be sure to do some more research before getting started on the spreads.
Thanks again for your feedback!
Book Project for Children with Genetic Diseases
A few months ago I took on a volunteer book illustration project (along with other students at my uni). This project is a big collaborative effort where genetic counseling students from my uni were paired with art students and tasked with creating books for children that have rare genetic diseases. We're working with a geneticist from the Boston Children's Hospital who will be in charge of getting the books printed.
The topic that I was given for this project was the metabolic condition MCADD. For some background: people with MCADD have problems breaking down fat to use as energy. I was paired up with a genetics counseling student who is working on the text for the book, while I'm tasked with illustrating it. As of now, I have only received snippets of information from him for the book and don't have any solid text to go off of, so he instead gave me a list of potential images that we may need.
Here's the list for reference: child sick in bed, specific snacks (gatorade, apple juice, popsicles, etc.), children in a playground, hospital, family, child with doctor.
Because I want to give him time to work on his side of the project, I decided that my illustrations wouldn't follow a central character, and would instead be more of a guide that would show a variety of different scenarios. My main concern is that children won't connect to the book as much if I don't include a character for them to follow, but I'm not sure how to approach solving this without having the full text.
I'm hoping to use this thread to post updates of the illustrations that i'll be creating for this project as well as way to share the process that will go into creating this. Hopefully it'll be relatively painless.
RE: Portfolio pieces WIP- help please
Just a small thing that I'm noticing: The contrast between the birds eye and the rest of its body is high, and it's the first place my eye goes to. If you choose to lower the contrast on the eye I think it would allow the colors in the wings/shape of the bird to be noticed first.